See Course Descriptions for pre-requisites and full course descriptions.
LAW 240 – LEGAL & POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY (the Colloquium)
The Colloquium in Legal and Political Philosophy is scheduled during the Fall term on Mondays from 2:30 to 5:30 pm.
The Colloquium explores new work in legal and political philosophy. In previous years, our speakers and students tackled important questions like: Is there a moral right to property? Does allowing judges to review legislation on constitutional grounds undermine democracy? What justifies states' acquisition of territory? Can one be consistently both pro-choice on abortion and an ethical vegan? Does the International Criminal Court suffer from a legitimacy problem because the most powerful states are not bound by it? Do states have an obligation to rescue migrants drowning at sea?
The format is as follows: Students registered with the course meet with us to discuss a recent paper by a leading scholar. The following week, the students meet with the author, along with other faculty members and invited guests, for a workshop on the paper.
Our Fall 2020 lineup promises to engage equally important questions in legal and political philosophy – our speakers will be: Seanna Shiffrin (UCLA), Catherine Lu (McGill), Lucas Stancyzk (Harvard), Pablo Gilabert (Concordia), Scott Hershovitz (Michigan), and Kristen Rundle (Melbourne).
Student evaluation will be a combination of participation (40%), short reaction pieces (30%), and a term paper (30%). Participation will be evaluated by contributions during the seminar discussion in advance of the session with the author as well as engagement with the author during the session in which the author presents their paper.
Interested students should make known their interest by sending an email jointly to Professors Thomas and Webber (firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com) outlining their interest in applying for the Colloquium and any relevant academic background. Please note: undergraduate or graduate studies in Philosophy or Political Studies are not prerequisites; nor is a course in legal philosophy.
In addition, in NO MORE than 250 words, please tell us how you would go about answering the question in the following scenario, taken from a paper by Jeremy Waldron.
"We are imagining people living in a state of nature, perhaps gathering together in a village or a community, and they are faced with the possibility of newcomers migrating into and proposing to settle in their vicinity. Could they be justified in driving the newcomers away—for example, by shouting threats at them, throwing rocks, or tearing up their encampments?”
Please submit your application at your earliest opportunity and in any event no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020. Decisions will be communicated to applicants shortly thereafter and successful applicants will be registered by the Faculty before enrolment opens for other course selection.
QUEEN’S LAW CLINICS (CREDIT AND SUMMER JOBS)
- LAW 418A/B PRISON LAW CLINIC
- LAW 419A/B ADVANCED PRISON LAW
- LAW 438A/B QUEEN'S BUSINESS LAW CLINIC
- LAW 527A/B QUEEN'S FAMILY LAW CLINIC
- LAW 590A/B CLINICAL LITIGATION PRACTICE
- LAW 593A/B QUEEN'S LEGAL AID STUDENT LEADERSHIP
- LAW 695A/B ELDER LAW CLINIC
Queen’s Law Clinics, Summer Employment and Enrolment
The detailed posting will be found here on the Special Applications page on or before January 22, 2021. If you have questions, please hold those until you have reviewed the detailed posting.
Applications (for both summer employment and course enrolment) will be due by noon the Thursday before Reading Week. Applications are to be submitted directly to the Queens Law Clinics by an e-mail address to be found in the posting.
Each student applying will submit:
- One QLC Application Form
- One cover letter for each clinic to which the student is applying;
- A resume, and
- Unofficial law school transcripts.
Students chosen for interviews (summer positions only) will be notified and the planned week for interviews is March 1 – 5, 2021.
Offers for summer employment will be extended on March 11, 2021 and students’ responses to those offers will be due back by noon the following day.
Offers for clinical course positions will follow and directors of each of the five Queen’s Law Clinics will work through waitlists until all of the positions are filled.
Questions can be directed to Karla McGrath, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAW 457 - INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW PRACTICUM (TRADELAB)
Not Offered 2020-2021.
- LAW 470 – GRAND MOOT
- LAW 473/475 AB - COMPETITIVE MOOT ORALIST
- LAW 474 - COMPETITIVE MOOT II ORALIST
- LAW 480/481/484 AB - COMPETITIVE MOOT COACH/RESEARCHER
Please see our Mooting Information for Students page.
LAW 521 - FAMILY LAW PLACEMENT COURSE
3 credit graded course (offered in both Fall & Winter Terms)
Students in this course are placed with a lawyer or agency in the family or children’s law field, and are expected to spend 4-6 hours per week at the placement, at times that do not conflict with their classes, for the Fall or Winter Term. Most of the placements are with lawyers, but there is also a placement at the Children’s Aid Society and the Family Court. The primary focus is on learning about the practice of family law from observation, reflection, discussion with your external supervisor, and discussion in class, though there are expectations for research and drafting at some placements. There are no scheduled class time, but there will be five meetings during the term of the entire class (10 students), arranged at times that do not conflict with any student’s schedule. Students are required to keep a course log and write a short reflective piece.
Students will gain an appreciation of the challenges of managing clients and relationships with other lawyers and judges.
Prior to the start of the term, students enrolled in the course will be asked to complete a preference ballot for a specific placement and will be assigned a placement.
Pre or Co-requisite: Family Law (ie must have completed or be enrolled at the same time in Family Law)
Please submit a statement of interest and a copy of your CV to Professor Nick Bala (email@example.com), and feel free to contact him with any questions about the course.
LAW 551 - CONFLICT ANALYTICS LAB PRACTICUM
The Conflict Analytics Practicum is a project-based course jointly offered with Smith School of Business Masters in Artificial Intelligence program. The practicum is a forum for lawyers, data scientists and computer scientists to collaborate and develop new technology for the legal industry (mainly, but not exclusively, for industry partners of the Conflict Analytics Lab). Participants will act as either project leaders or analysts. At this stage, the Lab has identified discrete tech projects in the following fields: employment (calculation of severance and determination of worker status); insurance (calculation of non-pecuniary damages); dispute settlement (an intelligent negotiation system for law firms); trademark (risk-of-confusion assessment); and customer disputes (determination of customer compensation).
Applications for the Practicum will be accepted by firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com no later than 5pm on Wednesday, August 12th. Interested students should communicate their interest, as well as any relevant experience in 300 words or less. Please indicate whether you would like to enroll in the Practicum for the Fall or Winter Term, or for the full year.
There will be 15 spots available for each term.
The Conflict Analytics Lab also welcomes interested 1Ls to participate on a volunteer basis.
LAW 577A/B - PKI Global Justice Journal – Editorial Intern
The PKI Global Justice Journal aims to critically inform readers of new developments in the realms of international, transitional and transnational justice. The Journal provides in-depth analyses, reviews of novel scholarly pieces, and interviews with specialists. By inviting a plurality of views and voices to react to its content, the Journal endeavours to create a forum for discussion and debate. The Journal publishes in both English and French. For 2020-2021 the Journal is accepting applications for one Editorial Intern, who will normally be a JD student in their second or third year of study. The Editorial Intern will be selected on the basis of academic excellence, relevant experience, demonstrated writing ability and completion of at least one of the following courses during their JD studies: Public International Law (Law 540), International Human Rights Law (Law 542), International Criminal Law (Law 410), International Refugee Law (Law 375), International Humanitarian Law (Law 549), or an equivalent cognate course on campus or at the Castle, as approved by the faculty supervisor. Fluency in French is an asset. The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting the editorial, production and dissemination activities of the Journal, under the supervision of the faculty supervisor (who is the Journal’s Co-Editor-in-Chief) and with the benefit of the mentorship of the Journal’s expert Editorial Board. Completion of two, 2000 word essays on a global justice topic as well as duties, as assigned throughout the Fall and Winter terms by the faculty supervisor, are required. Essays completed in the course of the internship will be considered for possible publication in the Journal. 4 credits, full year course, graded.
LAW 578-579A/B - CANADIAN JOURNAL OF COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION
The Canadian Journal of Commercial Arbitration is Canada’s only scholarly refereed law review focusing on arbitration: international and domestic, commercial and investor-state. It is a collaborative publication of Queen’s Law and JURIS Publishing. The Managing Editor is Professor Joshua Karton.
The student editorial group is selected in the spring for the following academic year, on the basis of written applications and an interview. For further details, contact professor Joshua Karton (firstname.lastname@example.org).
LAW 581-582A/B - CANADIAN LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW JOURNAL
The Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal (CLELJ) is Canada’s only scholarly refereed law review in its field, and is a collaborative publication of Lancaster House and the Queen’s Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace. The Editor-in-Chief is Professor Kevin Banks.
The student editorial group is selected in the spring for the following academic year, on the basis of written applications, a short editing test and an interview. For further details, contact professor Kevin Banks (email@example.com).
LAW 584-589 QUEEN'S LAW JOURNAL
LAW 584: Senior Editor-single term (3 Credits)
LAW 587A/B: Associate Editor-all year (4 credits)
LAW 588A/B: Senior Editor-all year (6 credits)
LAW 589A/B: Editor-in-Chief-all year (6 credits)
The Queen’s Law Journal is a practical-skills course that gives students in 2L and 3L the opportunity to be involved in publishing one of Canada’s leading legal journals. Students will have the opportunity to develop and advance their editing and writing skills as well as critically analyze submitted materials and comment upon the latest in legal scholarship.
The Journal is looking for students who have (1) an interest in and enthusiasm for the Queen’s Law Journal; and (2) strong writing, editing, and analytical skills, evidenced by a well-written cover letter and successfully completed editing and/or submissions assignment(s). Previous Board or Volunteer experience with the Journal, or other editorial or research experience, is an asset but is not required. Many editors join the Editorial Board without such prior experience.
Please note that successful applicants are not permitted to serve on the editorial boards of the Canadian Journal of Commercial Arbitration and the Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal.
A full list (including descriptions) of all Editorial Board positions is available in the application materials. The application materials, including instructions, can be found at the following link:
The application materials, including instructions, can be found at the following link as of Monday, February 24, 2020 at 9 am:https://queensuca-my.sharepoint.com/:f:/r/personal/qlj_queensu_ca/Documents/QLJ%202020%E2%80%932021%20Board%20Applications?csf=1&e=5Kj4Tv
Applications are due by 5:00 PM on Sunday, March 8th. Please submit applications via e-mail to Alysha Flipse and Kevin Droz at: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions about the application process.
LAW 697: ONTARIO COURT SUPERIOR COURT OR ONTARIO COURT OF JUSTICE KINGSTON
This placement involves research, as well as opportunities for observation and mentoring by the judges at Ontario Superior Court or at the Ontario Court of Justice in Kingston. Each student will spend an average of two days a week (12-16 hours) on the placement. The students selected for this course must have a strong academic record and a demonstrated interest in criminal law. The students are required to keep a course log and write a reflective piece (10-12 pages) and the end of the term. The students will meet periodically with the Faculty supervisor, Prof. Bala.nbsp;
This is an excellent experiential opportunity for students who will be applying for a Clerkship (or who has secured one).
Students in this experiential learning placement cannot be in a Queen’s Clinic or other credit-based experiential learning settings in the same term in which they are doing this placement. However, students may apply for other experiential learning opportunities (such as the Clinics), and, if accepted for more than1 will be notified of their acceptance in time to allow them to select their preferred choice. Please feel free to contact Prof. Bala if you have any questions.
LAW 698 - CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP (COMMUNITY LEGAL ADVOCACY CENTRE, BELLEVILLE OR COBOURG COMMUNITY LEGAL CENTRE)
A placement with a community legal clinic affiliated with and funded by Legal Aid Ontario which provides legal assistance to low-income area residents. The placement provides clinical legal experience to law students, helping them develop skill and confidence as legal professionals. Under close supervision by clinic lawyers, law students interview and counsel clients, research legal issues, draft legal memoranda, provide legal opinions, prepare pleadings, negotiate settlements and participate in hearings before administrative tribunals on poverty law issues such as landlord/tenant disputes, creditor/debtor matters, employment claims and income maintenance problems.
Applications are due mid-March. The CDO will alert students to opportunities.
LAW 699 - FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INTERNSHIP
Queen’s Law offers upper-year students the opportunity to complete unpaid internships for three academic credits with federal government offices through Department of Justice Legal Services. Each intern is expected to work approximately 84-100 hours during the term. The hours and days of work are negotiated with the department, but interns are generally expected to spend one full business day each week in the Ottawa office. Although some additional research may be conducted from Kingston, you must be able to commit to weekly travel to Ottawa. Upon completion of the internship, the faculty will provide a maximum stipend of $1000 to help offset the costs of commuting to Ottawa.
In addition to the internships arranged by Queen's Law, individual students may make their own arrangements with a federal government department that will qualify as an internship for credit. Such a placement would have to be approved by the Faculty prior to the start date. Internships for credit are only possible during the academic year. If you are interested in arranging your own internship, please contact the Director of Career Development before proceeding.
Please complete the following steps:
- Complete the Application for Secret Security Clearance at "secret" level. The clearance process takes a minimum of three months and sometimes longer. Print and bring all original, signed forms to the Career Development Office. Follow instructions carefully and do not leave any gaps in your dates.
- Complete the Experiential Learning Application Form in the Career Services Manager
Complete the application form in CSM under “My Account – Experiential Learning”. You will need to provide the following information:
- Top three choices for departments to intern with
- Term(s) you wish to complete your internship
- Languages spoken fluently
- Explanation of Interest for a DoJ internship and your top three departments in particular
Complete applications will be processed and your resume and statement of interest provided to your top three departments. The departments will determine who may be placed with them, but they will not conduct interviews. Successful applicants will be put in touch with the relevant government department and advised of the steps necessary to receive credit for the internship.
BADER INTERNATIONAL STUDY CENTRE (THE CASTLE) AND EXCHANGES:
Bader International Study Centre: please see the BISC Application Procedure page.
Exchanges: please see the Exchanges – Outgoing Students page.
ASPC 400 – TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MANAGEMENT (TEAM)
This is a multi-faculty consulting course that brings together students from engineering, commerce, law, and science to form a team that helps executive-level clients from large corporations solve challenging real-world problems as they work together on an 8-month project. Students work with corporations in industries such as Oil & Gas, Automotive, Alternative Energy, Biotechnology, Banking, and Consumer Goods. Companies that we have worked for include: Shell, Fluor, BASF, DuPont, Bombardier, 3M, Ontario Power Generation, Encana, Perpetual Energy, RBC and many others. Examples are available on the TEAM website.
TEAM places students in a results-driven environment and will provide experiences that will differentiate students from their peers. Students gain technical expertise, consulting experience, and invaluable network connections.
Space in the course is limited; the application deadline for the 2020/2021 Academic Year is June 8, 2020. Questions can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.